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Soldering is a valuable skill. There are a lot of situations where the ability to repair or modify electronics can really save the day. But most people don't carry a soldering iron around with them. And even if you did have a soldering iron, there is a good chance that you might not have access to electricity.

So today I am going to show you how to solder using random objects that you might find lying around (and a little bit of solder).

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<p>I used to be able to get &quot;solder strips&quot; at Radio Schack, that were 1/8&quot; by 1/2&quot;. Wrap around wires, hit with a match or lighter, done. Great for little jobs and emergencies. I haven't been able to find them in the last 7 years. Any ideas?</p>
You could order then online.
you were on make:<br><br>I like this
<p>Hi, I've added your project to the <em style="">&quot;</em><em style="">Beginners Guide to Soldering</em><em style="">&quot;</em> Collection</p><p>This is the link If you are interested:</p><p><a href="https://www.instructables.com/id/Beginners-Guide-to-Soldering/">https://www.instructables.com/id/Beginners-Guide-to...</a></p>
<p>Hi, I've added your project to the <em style="">&quot;</em><em style="">Beginners Guide to Soldering</em><em style="">&quot;</em> Collection</p><p>This is the link If you are interested:</p><p><a href="https://www.instructables.com/id/Beginners-Guide-to-Soldering/">https://www.instructables.com/id/Beginners-Guide-to...</a></p>
<p>This is going back to basics. Using a blow pipe with candle, one can get a blue flame which is hotter and cleaner. It can also do brazing or welding silver or gold. For gold borax is used as a flux. A blow pipe can be made by drilling a small hole at the end of a closed metal tube. It will be more like welding the connection. In the 50's I was using an oil lamp and blow pipe to do all my soldering in India. I couldn't afford a soldering iron. It was superheterodyne radio era.</p>
<p>Interesting. Yes, it's true that you can get small gas-powered soldering irons; in fact these are sold at most hardware stores. But let's say you hadn't planned ahead in that way &amp; there was a power outage - if you remembered that all solder needs is sufficient heat, you could still solder. Although I must say . . . what exactly are you soldering during a power outage? Because unless it uses batteries, it ain't gonna work after you solder it until the power comes back on anyway. But that's a kvetch I suppose. </p><p>Only other thing I think is worth mentioning, for the safety part: solder fumes are not good to breath. So when using a tea candle or some similar item to heat the wires &amp; get the solder to flow, take care not to breath the fumes rising up. No you wouldn't drop dead that moment, but they still aren't good for you. </p>
<p>A really handy skill to have for situations where soldering was not anticipated.</p><p>I once achieved near-Mcgyver status by re-flowing a battery connector on a small radio in house containing essentially no tools at all. I used a metal skewer heated on a gas hob as a make-shift soldering iron in just the way you suggest.</p><p>Sometimes you just don't have your tools with you!</p><p>Great instructable.</p>
<p>Have been using a pocket size gizmo called &quot;SOLDER-IT MICRO-JET&quot; for than 15 year now. Incorporates a standard disposable cigarette lighter. Can also do micro welding jobs !!!</p>
<p>When the heat is put into the wires slowly like that, the insulation melts and oxides are trapped in the joint. This is for emergency situations only. Only low reliability joints can be produced using these methods.</p>
<p>So rough, it is a wonder, it's not barking. Breaks all the rules of High Reliability Hand Soldering. If you are carrying all the things the mention why not just carry a soldering iron</p>
<p>soldering irons are great things to have until you run into a situation where there is no power source to plug one into. </p>
<p>They are far from perfect, but have you ever heard of a gas powered soldering iron. I carry one in my toolkit for just that reason.</p>
<p>Cool idea if you need to solder something in an emergency I guess. </p>
<p>Back in the old days there was a product called &quot;Jiggers&quot;. People generally carried them in their glove box for electrical &quot;emergencies&quot; with their car wiring. They were actually quite effective and popular.</p>
<p>Wow, I can't believe I never tried this. Of all the times this would have come in handy. I did try to use fire direct for simple wire soldering jobs but never to use the metal object as a soldering iron proxy. Brilliant. And very useful indeed. Will try this, and if it works well, you've got my vote!</p>
<p>That's Genius!</p>
<p>Awesome Tutorial....</p><p>Thanks for Sharing.....</p>
<p>Awesome Tutorial....</p><p>Thanks for Sharing.....</p>
<p>Awesome Tutorial....</p><p>Thanks for Sharing.....</p>
<p>Awesome Tutorial....</p><p>Thanks for Sharing.....</p>
<p>Macgyver sytle.. Nice....</p>
good luck

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